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"He who controls the past, commands the future. He who commands the future, conquers the past."

Mon 10th Mar 2014

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Jetset commented on Donkey Kong Nearly Missed Out On Pixels Stardom:

I absolutely loved this movie. The low Metacritic scores didn't persuade me not to see this movie, and I'm glad. Had a great time, enjoyed every minute of it.

Adam Sandler's performance didn't bother me whatsoever. I don't see why some complain about him so much. The Portland Oregonian review just wanted some laughs.



Jetset commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transfor...:

@khaosklub I've never gotten into Rock Band or DDR, but I do love the Rhythm Heaven series. I've got the original for DS and Fever for Wii. I'd love to have the new one for 3DS, if it actually get's released outside of Japan... Not really surprising though, considering the series isn't popular at all in the west. Too bad really.

Though I am thinking about getting Rock Band 4 this fall. I've actually been wanting to get into the series for a while now, and this seems to be the perfect opportunity. Either that or Guitar Hero Live, not really sure yet.



Jetset commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Won't Be As Powerful As Pl...:

@Quorthon Unfortunately this points to the console being very gimmicky, if this rumor turns out to be true, though hopefully not. It would be a dream for NX to end up being more powerful than PS4.

This is the question Nintendo should be asking themselves: By the time NX launches, why should someone buy this console instead of PS4 or Xbox One? That's the real challenge.

I hope Nintendo knows what they're doing.



Jetset commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transfor...:

@khaosklub Yes, The Last of Us may simply be the best way of using a flawed formula.

And I agree when you say atmosphere can enhance gameplay but not vice versa.

And it's true when you say Sunshine wouldn't have gotten nearly as much hate if it weren't a Mario game, though I feel Mario is the best fit for that world. It seems to be a similar case for Federation Force right now. If it was it's own IP, people wouldn't be raging about it, but people also wouldn't really care about it either.

May I ask, what is your all-time favorite game(s)?



Jetset commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transfor...:

@khaosklub Again, I still feel there is no better way to experience atmosphere than games. The thing is, isn't VR directly related to video games? That's why I considered it part of gaming.

And listen, I know you can be totally immersed into books as well, but they just simply don't have as much of a powerful effect as gaming has. For reference, let's say The Last of Us was a book instead of a game. I think it's safe to say that this story is more powerful in the form of a game. Music, seeing characters' actual reactions take place before your eyes, and combined with the beautifully detailed environments creates a powerful feeling, something books can't quite match.

And that's not to mention that you have direct control of the characters through most of the game, making the experience much more immersive than, a movie, for instance.

"well, I said if the next galaxy game had F.L.U.D.D. (that's really annoying to type). the game would be built from the ground up around crazy spherical planet gravity physics along with the F.L.U.D.D. mechanics"

Yeah, in that case, I would take that, definitely.

"Like the example I used about music. If I watched movies, then my motivation for watching them would be music. I may enjoy the other aspects, but my primary focus was music. If the movie had no music, I wouldn't watch it."

I get that. But, how I'm seeing it, is that atmosphere in video games is a powerful thing, and can sometimes be a main focus in a game, directly involved with the actual gameplay mechanics. Music, in movies, almost always is just there in the background and isn't necessarily directly involved with the movie, it's just there to enhance the experience, whereas atmosphere in games can be a part of the core experience. That's how I see it, but I get what you were trying to say in your analogy.

One more thing, even if a game has great atmosphere, if the game doesn't play well, it's not like I'll be too interested. For example, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare has, incredible atmosphere, in my opinion, but the gameplay is also incredibly polished and fun; just plain addictive. And, that aspect is what keeps me coming back to it hundreds (yes hundreds) of hours later. For it's very fun gameplay to it's beautifully crafted world.

"maybe because it was just a good game? it seems like you've argued these points before and are triggered by certain statements."

Yeah, guess I just get tired of people, in general, dissing the game because it's different. I've still got to say it's my favorite Mario game of all-time, but I can understand why some fans were disappointed due to it's drastic changes from 64. I guess, my original point was, jord made it sound like it was fact that Sunshine was inferior to 64. Not at all the case. Very different, yes, not inferior in anyway, though.

"you only give me so much to go off of. I simply interpreted your words as they were written. I even say that I'm going off what the statement suggested."

Right, I try to be clear, but it doesn't always get through effectively. Apologies for that, but it's safe to say that we simply just have different tastes when it comes to gaming. Nothing at all wrong with that, of course.

Sorry for any misunderstandings along the way, I know people like me can be incredibly annoying to deal with sometimes. My passion for gaming, especially the games I love, makes me so defensive sometimes.



Jetset commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transfor...:

@khaosklub While atmosphere may not be inherent to games, there is no other medium that can immerse people as deeply as video games. Bit shocked you'd suggest video games aren't for me when I'm explaining to you what is most important to me in games. Video games offer me a reason to actually get up in the morning, they're my passion, and for you to suggest they might not be for me? Some offense taken.

That aside, I certainly don't think books and movies can immerse yourself quite like the way video games can. That I'm sure of. And I'm not opposed to VR, but it's not something I'm particularly interested in yet either. I've seen many people talk about their experiences with VR, and it sounds truly unique, but it's too early to tell how groundbreaking it will actually be.

Now, if a game were to focus only on atmosphere without deep gameplay elements as you suggested? I don't think that would be as fulfilling as a game with defined gameplay mechanics and a good sense of atmsophere. Then again, it could turn out to be something truly amazing, as well. Games like Journey prove how important atmosphere is and how powerful it can be when presented well.

If Galaxy had F.L.U.D.D.? I don't know what to say to that. Galaxy was designed from the ground up for Mario and his "Luma Jump". It not only wouldn't fit in the Galaxy setting, but it also wouldn't make sense from a gameplay perspective.

"some people want to be challenged and to think. some want to be told a story, and some like you just want to experience awe-inspiring atmosphere."

I don't only care about atmosphere. I loved The Last of Us for it's impeccable story and the story book from the original Super Mario Galaxy was brilliant. And I happen to love strategy games. Why exactly do you think I have The Brotherhood of NOD's symbol as my profile pic? I've played the Command and Conquer series for years and RTS games in general like Supreme Commander, The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth, Starcraft and Warcraft, etc.

I love strategy games that require lightning-fast thinking and decision-making. And games with a great story can be amazing as well. I'm not just some gaping soul wandering around absorbing atmosphere without a care in the world. It's what I most look for in a game. You must take me for a shallow person, don't you? Guess there's more than meets the eye, right?

"The fans of 3D mario at this point are expecting another game with comparable gameplay, but with new environments, and new challenges, with some more game mechanics thrown into the mix perhaps."

And believe me I'm all for that. A brand-new Mario game similar to 64 would be truly amazing, but if I were to choose, it would be a new Sunshine. And I happen to know plenty that would agree with me, from YouTube and elsewhere. Preferences, that's all it is.

"sunshine... it wasn't a very good mario game."

That I have to wholeheartedly disagree with. Many loved Sunshine's gameplay more so than previous Mario games. This really says it all, my friend:

Not a good Mario game? Is that why it got Universal Acclaim? People loved Sunshine and they loved it's gameplay.

And no, I didn't simply like F.L.U.D.D. because it was novel and uncommon. I genuinely prefer it's gameplay over other Mario games.

And let me address this:

"you even say " I definitely prefer the mechanics of F.L.U.D.D. over the usual jumping around normally", which suggests that the normal jumping around is boring because it's usual, or common."

That's not at all the case. It felt more fun and deep controlling F.L.U.D.D. than your typical jumping moveset. There was simply more to it which made it a more immersive experience. Again, the scores above prove people agree with this.

"The atmosphere could be the same I think (haven't actually played sunshine)"

Ah, and so this whole time, you haven't actually played Super Mario Sunshine...
You write me off as a shallow individual that "games probably aren't the right media for" and you criticize Sunshine when you haven't actually played it??




Jetset commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transfor...:

@khaosklub I enjoyed Super Mario 3D World for it's gameplay, and that's about it. There was hardly any sense of exploration, as it was more about traversing through levels with strictly defined parameters. The gameplay at it's core is fantastic, but I found it hard to become immersed into the world compared to Super Mario Sunshine. Super Mario 3D World has that classic Mario charm, but not quite the incredible feel of being in Sunshine's beautiful tropical settings.

Now concerning the Super Mario Galaxy series. First off, I prefer the original over 2. Why? Because of it's sense of atmosphere. I know I've used the word a lot already, but atmosphere is the single most important factor to me in a game. It's what I constantly look for. Worlds that I can immersive myself into, explore, and actually want to be in.

The first level in Super Mario Galaxy, Star Festival, while short, firmly established the game's incredible sense of atmosphere, atmosphere which Super Mario Galaxy 2 never quite delivered upon in my opinion. Let me just say, I would take a new Super Mario Galaxy game over a successor to Super Mario 3D World.

Even still, I would take a new Super Mario Sunshine game (please happen??? ) over a new Super Mario Galaxy game any day, even if we had never gotten Galaxy 2. While I keep mentioning atmosphere and how much I love Sunshine's tropical settings, I still very much enjoyed controlling Mario with F.L.U.D.D.

F.L.U.D.D. made the gameplay feel completely unique from anything else in platforming and was incredibly fun to play with. I definitely prefer the mechanics of F.L.U.D.D. over the usual jumping around normally.

To finish, Super Mario Sunshine will remain one of my all-time favorite games along with Pac-Man World 2 and Wario World.

Thanks for taking time to read my thoughts, I appreciate it. I recommend checking out the video below. This guy seems to be on the same page as me concerning Sunshine. It's an incredibly under-rated game, really.



Jetset commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Shipping This Time Next Ye...:

@TheLastLugia Yes, I've read most likely hundreds of Quorthon's posts, and while he brings up brilliant points a lot of the time, he does constantly slam Nintendo fans and seems to label them as a whole.

For instance he's said multiple times: "Nintendo fans would buy a box that says Nintendo on it" trying to demonstrate that Nintendo fans are blind fanboys that will buy anything Nintendo puts out when really I don't think that's the case at all.

I don't see Nintendo fans as the blind followers that Quorthon portrays them as. If anything, Nintendo fans get so defensive when someone criticizes Nintendo because they're arguably the most passionate fanbase in the industry, and they love and care about Nintendo for giving them so many amazing and memorable experiences over the years.

And concerning Nintendo going 3rd Party, I feel people become so defensive about the thought of that is because it would make Nintendo, essentially, feel much less powerful than they are now. Even though their software would sell much better as a 3rd Party company, it would ultimately make Nintendo feel far less significant, as Nintendo would be the ones making games for others instead of others making games for Nintendo.

I would respect Quorthon more if he didn't label Nintendo fans the way he does. He's constantly slamming them. When you criticize something people know and love, especially something people are so passionate about such as Nintendo, you need to expect everyone to be defensive about it.



Jetset commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transfor...:

@jord "and in this particular case, think about the everlasting appeal of tracks like Dire, Dire Docks, rather than most anything from the levels of Sunshine."

Interesting... While Super Mario 64 has, undoubtedly, some great and memorable tracks, I still prefer Super Mario Sunshine's music over Super Mario 64's.

Maybe this is because we grew up in different generations, I'm assuming. The GCN consumed my childhood, so games during that time period appeal more to me, whereas games such as Super Mario 64, while fun, do not interest me as much; gameplay, music, etc.

All in all, I'll choose Sunshine over 64 any day for it's bright, cheery, and relaxing atmosphere: environments and music.

I can't seem to embed the videos properly, but these are some of my personal favorite tracks from Sunshine:



Jetset commented on Review: Splatoon (Wii U):

@booopn Don't forget about Advanced Warfare's Pick 13 system which offers even more diversity than Black Ops II's Pick 10.

Though it will be interesting to see how Black Ops III's loadout system will work.



Jetset commented on Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Dow...:


"Anything the GamePad shows can be shown and largely done on a regular TV screen."

Well, to be fair, Nintendo Land is the one game that truly showed the potential of the Wii U GamePad. Luigi's Ghost Mansion being particularly noteworthy. I can't see that being done on any other platform other than Wii U. The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, Mario Chase, and Metroid Blast also did an excellent job of showing off what the GamePad was capable of. But yeah, there's few other examples.



Jetset commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Plans for DLC and Mi...:


Well said and very true, as usual. Let's hope Nintendo rights some of their wrongs this year and next year, maybe starting with their YouTube policies. All it's doing is hurting their reputation. Hard to watch, honestly. Take one of Angry Joe's most recent videos about how he's done with Nintendo videos. That sends a terrible message about Nintendo to the 1,900,000+ people subscribed to his channel.



Jetset commented on Iwata Remains Positive on the Future of the Wi...:


Thought I'd reply on an old article, as it's doubtful anyone will see this.

I had no idea you guys made GravBlocks+. It had actually been on my wishlist a while back. I now have 59 indie games and counting on my Wii U alone, and never really got around to buying it until today. Also, I like your little alien Mii.

Well you guys definitely earned those 5 bucks. I like addictive puzzle games and always love supporting small indie studios. Will be looking forward to your next title for Wii U, and hope it garners more success.



Jetset commented on Nintendo Download: 9th April (Europe):


Heh, I didn't even know you had a current one. What platform?

And yeah, you have quite the reputation here on Nintendo Life. Though I for one actually like what you have to say and despite my love for Nintendo I'm still open to logic. I'm not sure how many people would be interested here but I'd definitely like to check it out! Especially as an aspiring developer myself.



Jetset commented on Nintendo Download: 9th April (Europe):


Very well said posts.

I won't be waiting for a price drop on Affordable Space Adventures, as the developers clearly deserve the asking price.

Any estimated launch window for your game? I'll make sure to give it a buy if/when you guys port it over to Wii U.



Jetset commented on Nintendo's Official UK Store Opens Pre-Orders ...:


I personally don't like talking with people I don't know over voice chat, but I can see how that would be a deal-breaker for some. Luckily amiibo are just used to unlock aesthetic items and they don't actually affect gameplay or lock extra game modes.

Edit: Nevermind. Weapons and missions are apparently locked behind amiibo.



Jetset commented on Poll: Which Characters Do You Want to Win the ...:


It's really too bad that the GCN was home to so many fresh and innovative ideas, yet it remains Nintendo's worst-selling console. If anything, I would think this would make Nintendo want to stay away from trying new things, and instead stick with familiar concepts.

Metroid Prime was, as you said, a great evolution of the franchise, not to mention one of the best-looking games of the time. Nintendo was at the top of their game in terms of software innovation and quality, yet the sales were disappointingly dismal in comparison to the unstoppable PS2. I personally like the GCN's design, but in the scope of things it contributed to it's poor sales. If it looked as "serious" as the PS2 hardware, I'm sure sales would have been much higher, instead of the infamous "lunchbox" design that came off to many as being "kiddie".

I think we're in for a surprise with NX; it will make for a very interesting next generation, especially for Nintendo. If they create a powerful system, one that could rival the PS5 and whatever is next for Xbox, hardware that looks appealing, and a decent software lineup at launch (and GET 3rd parties back on board), Nintendo could make a comeback. But with the announcement that it will be about "new ways to play", is a worrisome remark. I still have hope that Nintendo will make the right decisions and show what they are truly capable of with the NX. Ultimately, time will tell.



Jetset commented on Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Reckons "It Would Be Co...:


Thank you! I can't tell you how annoying it is when people write-off Wikipedia and claim it is not a valid source when there are clear references at the bottom of every page and, as you said, they have set high standards for themselves and monitor their content extensively.



Jetset commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Turns to Classics, DLC...:


I really respect and admire your interest and knowledge of the video game industry. I've read many of your posts, and I enjoyed hearing what you had to say. I always like good debates, and it's great seeing other people that have just as much passion about the industry as I do.



Jetset commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Turns to Classics, DLC...:


My original reply was concerning the PS4's exclusive content, not overall library. The PS4 has a strong overall library. But when most of that library can be found on PC, the PS4 suddenly offers very little. I wanted Advanced Warfare to be released for Wii U, and was disappointed when I found out it would be skipping it. But, I can get it for PC. When most of the PS4's content can be found on PC, the PS4 becomes a redundant system due to it's severely lackluster 1st party selection.

Sales do not always translate to value. Most of the non-gaming community does not even know what a Wii U is. Many people know what a PS4 is. People naturally gravitate toward things that are familiar. If every consumer had a clear understanding of the 1st party content that each console had to offer before making a purchase, I guarantee sales would not be as they were now. Then again, many people do not even bother researching their options before they purchase a new console, and instead of even considering or understanding a Wii U, they go straight for the PS4 due to it's familiarity to them. Nintendo's poor marketing has partly led to this.

The Wii U has a strong lineup of 1st party content. The PS4 has a weak lineup of 1st party content. The PS4 pales in comparison to the PC, and Wii U, in terms of exclusive content.

Oh believe me, I see the merits of the PS4. I even heavily considered purchasing one at one point. But there is simply no need when I can play almost it's entire library on PC. One great exclusive is not enough to warrant a purchase, and just because the sheep flock to one console, does not translate to "it is better value". The ignorant and unknowledgeable always surrender to hype and familiarity, not even pausing to consider other options.

You've worked at Best Buy and GameStop before. If anyone should know this, it should be you.



Jetset commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Turns to Classics, DLC...:


"I understand that people love the Wii U--I like the Wii U, but it does not captivate me, I do not love it, and little there draws my attention, while it seems that every week the PS4 feels more amazing and useful."

Oh really, how so? I'd love for you to elaborate, because the only good thing the PS4 has going for it right now is Bloodborne. That's literally it's only "good" exclusive. Infamous is okay, but arguably nothing special.

I recommend watching this; this guy knows what he's talking about. He explains why the Wii U is the better deal and value over the PS4, and he doesn't do any of the fanboy crap. Just the facts.

But really though... "every week the PS4 feels more amazing and useful."


It's totally fine if you enjoy the PS4, but that statement sounds more than a bit ludicrous.



Jetset commented on Mewtwo And Lucas Confirmed As Super Smash Bros...:

@May_Nyan Ice Climbers were my mains in Brawl. It's disappointing they didn't make it, but it was for a reason. Apparently the Nintendo 3DS didn't have the processing power to have two characters being controlled at once. So it looks like it's impossible for them to join, considering Nintendo wants the character rosters to be exactly the same for both versions. While it's too bad they didn't make it, I use Pac-Man as my main now. My favorite video game character, was extremely surprised when I first found out he was joining the battle.



Jetset commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of ...:

@Quorthon "the NX will determine if they return to form or if they become a third party software maker."

Not sure I'm understanding you there. From everything I've heard, Nintendo is no where near the possibility of becoming a 3rd-party developer, and one console alone couldn't possibly do that considering Nintendo's financial position. They operate debt-free (something few companies can claim) and could run a deficit for 38 years before going bankrupt (as the article below states). The GCN sold poorly and the Wii U is selling poorly compared to the competitors, and even when considering the possibility that the NX might be unsuccessful, Nintendo wouldn't come close to the point of becoming 3rd-party.

This article sums it up nicely:

In fact, Nintendo Life had an article on this at one point:

I might be missing something, and if I am I'd be glad to hear it.



Jetset commented on LEGO Jurassic World Teaser Trailer and Snippet...:

@SebPlays Yeah, that was disappointing. I still have memories playing Bionicle Heroes on the GCN. Great game in my opinion. It's a shame LEGO moved on, the series had a lot of potential. Would have been awesome to see a Bionicle Heroes 2, or at least some other kind of Bionicle third-person shooter, but alas, seems the franchise is dead.